International travel is an enriching privilege that brings joy to individuals and draws our world together, but it comes at a cost to the environment and our future.
As a scientific-educational provider, Unconventional Conventions recognises the scientific fact that the 8 billion humans on earth are impacting the environment. More specifically, the carbon being emitted into the atmosphere through burning fossil fuels is leading to a rapid, unsustainable change that our world has never seen.
Carbon emissions from planes represent an estimated 3% of total emissions.
From February 2020, Unconventional Conventions is implementing a compulsory carbon offset policy that requires all delegates travelling with our organisation (for international travel commencing in 2021) to purchase carbon offsets for their flights. For those organising their own flights – we will require a copy of their carbon offset certificate.
Some airlines offer a carbon offset option during the booking process, which will be automatically applied to all flights booked through our staff. If this is not available, we will purchase carbon credits through the internationally recognised Gold Standard organisation – please see the costs page for the estimated CO2 tonne offset required and the dollar value.
We are aware some delegates will disagree with the science regarding climate change, dispute this policy and refuse to pay for the carbon offsets. For the time being, we will offer the option for delegates to donate money to the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Appeal to the value of the carbon offsets.